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What has anger done to you physically? That was the question I pondered, as I cycled through multiple times physician visits. I went from doctor to hospital to the emergency room repeatedly in two weeks. The pain experienced was not normal; it radiated throughout my body, and at points, I was unable to decipher exactly where the discomfort came. Could it all be in my head? Was I suffering mentally? Was this anxiety at work physically? I prayed. Although my illness received a diagnosis after being tested at length, a part of me believes it was all due to repressed anger.
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For this podcast, we use Psalm thirty-eight as our focal scripture and frame it with James chapter one, verse twenty-one. Psalm thirty-eight was written by, written for, or written to King David and would have had music accompany it. The person in this psalm was suffering from sickness, social alienation, and guilt. Psalm thirty-eight is known as a penitential Psalm, which means to express remorse. Penance is to express sorrow for sins or faults. Forgiveness requires repentance. Why was the psalmist expressing such anguish and grief? In 2 Samuel chapters 11-24, we read of King David’s struggles. The purpose he abandons to satisfy a temporary fleshly desire led to trouble and distress both with his family and with the nation. David’s attempt to cover up his sin was multiplied by the painful consequences.
It has been widely reported that anger, sadness, and unforgiveness cause various physical health problems. Anger triggers the body to respond spontaneously. Ever heard of the fight or flight response? Defense or Offense? Defensive in resisting the psychological attack; or offensive the act of attacking the individual who dares stand in your way.
We read in Psalm 38 9:10, “You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh. My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind.”
King David is suffering emotionally. Anger may not be the first idea to come to mind, but I would be livid. I would be so angry, disgusted, and downright indignant if I had to take refuge because one of my children, whom I loved, turned others against me. I believe it is safe to say that while King David was fearful of God’s wrath, he also was agitated himself. It is possible to be both. To have a deep reverence for God’s mighty power and feel anger in our flesh. Remember, a significant difference stands between knowing and doing. King David knew of his errors, and he did not act out of anger.
Scriptures in this episode:
James 1:21, Psalm 38:3-16
- What illness is caused by my anger?
- Who have I not forgiven because of my anger?
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